Wednesday, September 20, 2017

SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Formerly Food Stamps

SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps)

You can use food stamp benefits for meals at the
Torigian Community Life Center.

Seniors living on a fixed income may be eligible for SNAP benefits. The FoodSource Hotline can help with applications on the telephone. They also assists current SNAP recipients with questions regarding their cases as well as referrals for local emergency food resources.
The Food/Source Hotline is open
Monday–Friday from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM and
Saturday 10:00 AM-2:00 PM.
The Food/Source Hotline phone number is 1-800-645-8333.

Help is Available to Beat the High Cost of Food
If you are a low-income senior (age 60 or over), you may now qualify for food assistance through the SNAP Program, even if you own a home or a car or have savings. Thanks to new changes to the SNAP program, there is no asset limit for seniors whose incomes fall within certain guidelines (income from those assets may be counted); and other program improvements have increased benefits for thousands of households. (Seniors whose incomes fall above the guidelines may still be eligible, but their assets will be considered.)

New Asset Rules for Senior/Disabled Households
Household Size      Monthly Gross Income           Assets
     1                             Below $1,734                  No Asset Limit
     2                             Below $2,334                  No Asset Limit
SNAP eligibility is based on income and certain expenses. To find out if you are eligible, call Project Bread’s Hotline at

Monday—Friday 8:00 AM–7:00 PM and Saturday 10:00 AM–2 PM.

The SNAP program is a nutrition assistance program designed to help individuals and families buy nutritious food when money’s tight.
  • Keep elderly family members independent. For the elderly, participation can help improve nutritional status and well-being and increase independence. Nine percent of participants are age 60 or older.
  • By receiving SNAP benefits you are not taking benefits away from another person. Everyone who applies and is determined to be eligible by the State/local eligibility worker will get SNAP benefits.
  • While some receive $10.00, the average monthly food stamp benefit is about $86.00.
  • In June 2004, the food stamp program completed a transformation from paper coupons to an electronic Benefit Card (EBT Card). Participants receive a plastic EBT card (similar to a bank debit card) with the dollar amount for which they are eligible each month.
The SNAP program generates economic activity.
  • Every $4.00 in new SNAP benefits generates $9.20 in total community spending.
  • Every additional dollars worth of SNAP benefits generates 17 to 47 cents of new spending on food.
  • On average, $1 billion of retail food demand by SNAP recipients generates 3,300 farm jobs.

Call your local office to apply at 978-825-7300.

If you need assistance to apply, please call Sheila and Maryanne at 978-531-2254.
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Apply for Benefits Online: 

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Fill-able Print-able SNAP Application

Complete and print a fill-able application provided here. Please note, the Adobe Acrobat Reader only allows you to view and print fill-able PDF forms. It does not allow you to save the completed form to your computer. Once you complete the application, make sure you print it, sign it, and mail to: DTA P.O. Box 4406 Taunton, MA 02780-0420.
  • SNAP Benefits Application (English) Fill-able PDF pdf format of    c-snapapp-eng.pdf  doc format of c-snapapp-eng.doc
  • SNAP Benefits Application (Spanish) Fill-able PDF pdf format of    c-snapapp-sp.pdf  doc format of c-snapapp-sp.doc
  • SNAP Benefits Application (Portuguese) Fill-able PDF pdf format of    c-snapapp-por.pdf  doc format of c-snapapp-por.doc      
  • SNAP Benefits Application (Khmer) PDF pdf format of    SNAPA-1 Khmer  docx format of SNAPA-1 Khmer
  • SNAP Benefits Application (Vietnamese) PDF pdf format of    SNAPA-1 Vietnamese  docx format of SNAPA-1 Vietnamese
  • SNAP Benefits Application (Haitian Creole) PDF pdf format of    SNAPA-1 Haitian Creole  docx format of SNAPA-1 Haitian Creole
  • SNAP Benefits Application (Russian) PDF pdf format of    SNAPA-1 Russian  docx format of SNAPA-1 Russian
  • SNAP Benefits Application (Chinese) PDF pdf format of    SNAPA-1 Chinese  docx format of SNAPA-1 Chinese 
  • SNAP Application for Seniors 
To help us determine your eligibility for SNAP benefits, you may be asked to provide proofs (verifications) of certain statements you have made.  You may submit those proofs (verifications) by mailing or faxing them to DTA. Here is the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) Electronic Document Management (EDM) Mail/Fax Cover Sheet: (DTA EDM Mail/Fax Cover Sheet - ENGLISH) pdf format of DTA EDM Mail-Fax Cover Sheet - English
doc format of                             DTA EDM Mail-Fax Cover Sheet - English                 

Apply in Person

Go to your local Transitional Assistance Office.

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